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Julia Izumi (she/her/hers) is a writer, performer, and educator who makes plays, musicals, theatrical experiments, and everything in between.

Her plays include miku, and the gods (O’Neill NPC Finalist, Kilroys List Honorable Mention, KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Runner-Up), Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things (CAATA National Asian-American ConFest, FringeNYC, Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab), and Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea (Brown University Mainstage), among others.


Her worked has been developed and presented at MTC as part of the Ted Snowdon Reading Series, the Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab, WP Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Avant Bard Theater, the NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, Habitat Theatre Company, On the Verge Summer Repertory, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, and the inaugural Corkscrew Theatre Festival. 

She was selected for the Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, Theater Masters’ Take Ten, HB Studio’s First Floor Studio Residency (with director Logan Reed), Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup (with writer Molly Beach Murphy), the NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant. She is a 2019-2020 Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers’ Group member and a 2020 New Georges Audrey Resident. She received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University.

As a performer, she has performed at and with HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, Mabou Mines, Lust & Liberty, UglyRhino Productions, Communal Spaces with The Motor Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Goddard Rhetorical Prize for excellence in performance at Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. in Drama.

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